A perfect definition of irony is that when you're feeling stressed or unhappy, an excellent place to go is The Bloggess' site. Lawson is honest and strong and deeply funny while sharing her experiences with depression and a number of other mental and physical ailments.
I didn't discover The Bloggess until I stumbled across her first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened. I have never laughed so much as I did reading that book; it was painful. I regularly visit the bathroom and worry about a psychotic serial killer on the other side of the door.
Furiously Happy is just as incredible. The title refers to Lawson's guideline that while dealing with difficult conditions like depression or chronic illness, you should take advantage of the good days by being as furiously happy as possible during those sometimes all-too brief hours.
I listened to this on audio book, due in large part because it is read by Jenny herself. I'm so pleased that she was willing and able to record it, as it made me deliriously happy for a couple of days. I only wish I'd manage to parcel it out for longer. The downside to the audiobook is that you don't have the photographs that are in the book (though Lawson does a fantastic job of describing them just for the audiobook listeners). The downside to the book, however, must be the disappointment of not experiencing her excellent and intimate narration. So it seems the only logical thing to do here is to buy both!
Because I listened to the audiobook, I was also unable to highlight passages from the book (I need to familiarize myself with that bookmark button on Audible...), so I'm going to cheat and share some of the awesome things that happen in this book directly from Lawson herself:
- The time I lost both my arms in a sleeping accident
- The neighborhood swans that tried to eat me
- The day Australia refused to let me get Chlamydia even though I was wearing a protective koala costume
- Advice on how to survive the zombie apocalypse, the airport, and the zombie apocalypse at the airport
- Completely inappropriate things I’ve blurted out to fill awkward silences at my psychiatrist’s office.
(Please note that I copied and pasted these directly from Lawson's site.)
If you loved Let's Pretend or are unfortunately unfamiliar with The Bloggess but brutal and honest and muscle-achingly funniness make your week better, immediately possess this treasure in any form you can.